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Title: Baby Boom (or, Why you should always read the manual first) Chapter 17
'Verse: G1 Transformers
Characters: Sparklings. Younglings. Perceptor. Optimus. Bluestreak. Ratchet. Sideswipe. Sunstreaker.
Rating: PG 13
Warnings: TF cussing.

Perceptor was halfway done with examining Prowl when the med bay doors swung open and Optimus ran in, looking worried. The large mech scanned the collection of bots who’d turned to stare at him, then homed in on the black and white doorwing he spotted sticking out from behind the microscope.

“Prowl! Bluestreak, Ratchet, what happened?”

Not waiting for an answer, he lifted the baby Datsun up, frantically checking that all of Prowl’s limbs were attached and that his temperature was normal. The tactician endured his Prime’s fussing with the briefest of sighs, directing a curious look at Bluestreak.

Didn’t you leave him a note?

“I did. You saw me write it and put in on his desk.” Bluestreak replied, confused, and both Datsuns looked at their leader. Optimus blinked at them, expression sheepish.

“I woke, found you two gone and when I left my quarters to go look for you, Bumblebee spotted me and asked why I wasn’t in the med bay with Prowl. I ran straight here after that. It didn’t even occur to me to check for a message. Prowl’s really alright?”

The red and blue mech turned to Ratchet, who nodded and hid his smile behind a datapad. The sparkling in the Prime’s arms patted his chestplates, chirping reassuringly.

Optimus, I am perfectly well. Please allow Perceptor to finish his scans.

“Right. Of course.”

When Optimus still clung to the little tactician, prompting amusement from the other mechs in the med bay, Prowl added.

You need to put me down, sir.

Whether it was the peculiarity of being called ‘sir’ by a sparkling, or Perceptor clearing his vocaliser and gesturing to the berth, the Prime finally came to his senses and set Prowl where the researcher had pointed to.

He still stood far too close until Bluestreak tugged him aside on the pretext of explaining just why the sparklings had been brought to the med bay, freeing up more room for Perceptor to manoeuvre. Once the microscope was done with the baby Datsun, Optimus vented a relieved cycle of air, then had Prowl picked up again and held close.

“Next time, wake me.”

You needed the rest more. You fell into recharge and I didn’t. And I’m the sparkling.” The smaller mech’s reply was sensible and sound in its logic, neither of which mattered to the Autobot leader at that very moment.

“I don’t care. I’m not coming online to find you missing ever again. I think my spark might have stopped.” The Prime insisted and the little tactician sighed.

Optimus. I’m fine. If there had been anything seriously wrong, either Bluestreak or I would have woken you. But in the future, I will place any notes I might have to leave you on your recharging frame, so that you’ll find and read them before you work yourself into a frenzy.

“Did… Optimus just get told by a sparkling?”

Starscream remarked to no one in particular. Beside him, Jazz snickered.

Optimus just got told by Prowl. There is a difference.

= = =

Skywarp watched the goings on in the med bay, and found himself feeling rather… bereft. His trinemates and Wheeljack were being questioned about what they’d experienced before falling offline by Skyfire and Perceptor, and Ratchet was double checking their vitals to make sure they were not going to experience any ill effects from their sudden transformation.

The Prime was busy hovering over Prowl, and Mirage was being careful not to let Jazz out of arm’s reach (understandable, due to the tiny Porsche’s history of vanishing from sight), even though Jazz seemed content to just cuddle up to the Ligier and nap. But no one was there to make a fuss over him.

That was fine. He didn’t want to be fussed over anyway. Really.

Sunstreaker had said something about patrol this morning, hadn’t he? It’d been the reason for leaving him with Skyfire today. And then everything had happened so fast, and now everyone was busy, so logically no one would have told him and Sidesw- the twins that the sparklings had been rushed over to Ratchet.

The med bay doors remained shut.

Being a sparkling sucked slag. They needed to fix this, and he knew just how to move things along.

Ratchet had just turned around to check on the purple seekerling when Skywarp disappeared.

= = =

Sideswipe, just back from patrol, had been walking to the rec room with his brother to grab a cube when something slammed into him, knocking him back a pace, then started pummelling him furiously.

Still thrown by the sudden assault, the red mech just stood there, being pummelled, until Sunstreaker pulled what he abruptly recognised was a rather familiar looking little jet. Who wasn’t quite as little as when Sideswipe had last seen him. Dangling from the yellow Lamborghini’s grip, Starscream yelled at the other frontliner.

“You stupid pile driver head! Skywarp’s going to die and it’s All. Your. Fault!”

The words snapped Sideswipe out of his dazed state and he grabbed hold of the seeker’s arms.

“What’s wrong with Skywarp?!”

Starscream shrieked fury at him, optics bright with rage as his twin fought to keep hold of the youngling seeker.


A second no longer so little seeker darted down the hallway to wrap his arms around the first jet, helping Sunstreaker keep him from breaking free and attacking Sideswipe again. The sound of pedes running towards them made the red mech look up to see Ratchet approaching, faceplates drawn and grim.

“Ratchet? Is Skywarp-”

“He’s run off to the ‘Cons to get the plans for Megatron’s fragging raygun. At least that’s what his trinemates managed to get before he cut them off.” The medic replied brusquely as he grabbed the frontliner’s arm and started dragging him away. Sideswipe sputtered.

“Is he insane? He’s a youngling!”

“Sparkling. He didn’t change like Starscream or Thundercracker. Perceptor’s figuring out why.”

“What?! Where are you taking me? We need to find Skywarp! He could be anywhere by now!”

The chevroned mech stopped, shoved something into his hands, then folded his arms and snorted when the red frontliner blinked at him. “Oh, like I’m going to let a teleporting sparkling loose on the Ark without slapping a tracking device on the brat. Well? You need an invitation? Go after him!”

Sideswipe took one look at the device he now held, then ran.

= = =

Skywarp had made it to the doors without being spotted by alternating between flying and teleporting from point to point. Now he just needed to get past them to start the real journey back to the Decepticon base. Eyeing the barrier contemplatively, the purple seekerling warped outside, dropping to the ground with a thump when the energy drain made his thrusters cut out for a moment.

Shaking his head to clear it, Skywarp pulled himself to his pedes, then took to the air again. He dipped a few times, but refused to acknowledge that he was getting very low on energy, stubbornly pointing himself in the direction he needed to go and firing his engines. He needed those plans so that Perceptor could change him back. Then maybe he wouldn’t be a burden to anyone anymore and Sideswipe would want-

The seekerling had barely made it more than fifteen meters away from the Ark before his energy levels hit bottom and he fell out of the sky. Falling without the means to stop was bad, a fear encoded deep into the sparks of every seeker, but he barely had the energy to cry out in fear. But then someone caught him, and enfolded in a safe, familiar red, he whimpered softly in relief and fell offline.

= = =

Ratchet glanced over at the red mech huddled in a corner of his med bay, constantly looking at a seekerling lying very still and silent on a berth in an almost identical re-enactment of an earlier scene. Cycling air wearily, the medic walked over to Sideswipe, resting a hand on the mech’s shoulder and startling the frontliner into looking up at him.

“Skywarp is uninjured this time. Once his systems manage to recoup enough energy for him to wake up, he will.”

Sideswipe turned away. “He got hurt because I wasn't paying attention in that battle. He should have picked a better mech to imprint on, someone more dependable.”

The CMO cuffed the red mech upside the helm, glaring at Sideswipe when the frontliner gaped at him. “You listen and you listen well. I’m only going to say this once, and if I hear that you’ve told anyone else, you will be a dead mech. You’re a good daddy, Sideswipe. At least you were one until you started pulling this slag. Now stop being such a glitch about this and get over yourself.”

And with that, Ratchet stalked off, leaving Sideswipe with an unconscious Skywarp and a too quiet med bay.

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Date: 2010-02-21 03:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluebirdsoaring.livejournal.com
That was a close call!! Prime is too cute getting a lecture from baby Prowl..and Prowl is not afraid to give it to him =) But Skywarp...ya, he's a bit short sighted in his attempt to move things along. Good idea, but in his current state, not possible. And poor Siders, feeling bad about the whole thing.

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Date: 2010-02-21 03:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Prowl knows Prime has his reasons for being clingy, but there's only so much fussing one mech can take ^_^

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Date: 2010-02-21 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluebirdsoaring.livejournal.com
Prowl and fussing in the same sentence makes me giggle =) poor mech!

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Date: 2010-02-21 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mmouse15.livejournal.com
What a good bunny, holding still long enough to give you a chapter! *feeds carrots to bunny*

It's about time Sideswipe got his head out of his engine and stopped being stupid about being the imprinted mech for Skywarp. Poor 'Warp! He's trying so hard and all he wants is cuddles.

Prime being told by Prowl was hilarious! I really enjoyed it and laughed. That was really fun to read.

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Date: 2010-02-21 03:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
'Warp will be getting his cuddles soon, even if I have to threaten the bunny with the stove. *determined look*

Thank you ^_^ Glad you liked.

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Date: 2010-02-21 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misao-cg.livejournal.com
*O* NEW CHAPTER!! ::glomps Ante_luce:: My day is now officially perfect! ::cries in happiness::

::sighs in relief:: I'm so relieved that Lil'Warp is only absolutely tired and not absolutely slagged from this little 'crusade against the 'Cons'(fifteen meters away from th Ark) of his!! And I hope that this close call can knock some sense into Sides as well. I can't wait to read more!

Too cute of a chapter, I love this bunny! ::pets and feeds bunny:: And you are an awesome writer!! ::offers cookie::



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Date: 2010-02-22 12:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Thank you ^_^ Glad you like it.

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Date: 2010-02-21 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wicked3659.livejournal.com
this is one random bunny you have ^^ hope it sits still for long enough for another chapter he he

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Date: 2010-02-22 12:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
It is ^_^;; I'm hoping the same too.

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Date: 2010-02-21 07:14 pm (UTC)
lady_katana4544: (butterfly wing)
From: [personal profile] lady_katana4544
Cute chapter. <3

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Date: 2010-02-22 12:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Thank you :)

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Date: 2010-02-21 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaitekat.livejournal.com
You’re a good daddy, Sideswipe. *sp-sporfle* You tell him, Ratch!

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Date: 2010-02-22 12:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Some things, you just need a Ratchet to say ;P

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Date: 2010-02-22 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raisedbymoogles.livejournal.com
Man, even as a sparkling, Prowl is badass. <3

Also, it's about time Sideswipe got a clue.

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Date: 2010-02-22 12:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Yup. *puts away cluebat*

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Date: 2010-02-22 09:00 am (UTC)
ext_431389: (Default)
From: [identity profile] zatnik.livejournal.com

I like the kinda sparkling instincts with the grown up memories/concerns.

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Date: 2010-02-22 12:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Thank you ^_^

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Date: 2010-02-22 09:49 am (UTC)
ext_190998: (kids)
From: [identity profile] bookworm-faith.livejournal.com
LOL @ Freaking-out Prime XD Revenge is sweat, eh Prowl? Figures that it'd take a Ratchet to knock some sense into Sideswipe ("you're a good daddy"...LOL).

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Date: 2010-02-22 12:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Looks like the sparklings aren't the only ones who got new instincts ;P Ratchet is well versed in the wielding of the cluebat.

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Date: 2010-02-25 06:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cmdrtekk.livejournal.com
Oooh it was a pleasant surprise to find this update as I attempt to catch up on the never ending backlog.

The whole scene in medbay was cute, but I do think that Skywarp and his mixed up emotional situation along with Sideswipes stole the chapter.

Hmm. Just what should I offer this bunny that it might give more chapters?

Thank you for sharing.

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Date: 2010-02-27 05:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Thank you for reading :3

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Date: 2010-03-06 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanjuno.livejournal.com
Is it just me, or am I the only one who's noticed that the the sparklings that have "upgraded" are the ones who've spent the most time with their imprinters. Jazz was always running off, while Prowl and Skywarp have both suffered "absentee daddies", and it's those three that are still sparklings.

... I have a feeling that this may mean something. *ponders*

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Date: 2010-03-08 01:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com

That's not all they have in common, s'all I'm gonna say.

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Date: 2010-03-07 11:45 pm (UTC)
artemis10002000: (Default)
From: [personal profile] artemis10002000
I just came across this fic and absolutely love it! The baby mechs are so hilarious and adorable! My favourite is baby Skywarp, gah, I want to knock some sense into Sideswipe so badly! Hope that Ratchet has finally gotten through to him. Poor lil Warp needs his daddy!

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Date: 2010-03-08 01:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
You and every other reader out there ^_^;; Siders can be so stubborn sometimes... Glad you like the fic.

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Date: 2010-03-15 04:06 am (UTC)
ext_447741: (pretty kitty!)
From: [identity profile] crimsonseastorm.livejournal.com
I finally got around to reading all this and I have to say Awwwwwwwwwwwww. Sparklings! *claps happily* I LOVE them!!! *cuddles*

This really is a unique thing you've got here and I just adore how they're adult but still have sparkling instincts! It's so cute!!! I also adore who you've imprinted on who; it adds such an exciting element to everything.

I looooooooove your Warp! (not that I don't like them all I just like him best lol) Gah, I love sparklings in general but Warp makes such a great one!!! *giggles*

All in all was a lot of fun to read! I look forward to more xDD

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Date: 2010-03-16 09:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ante-luce.livejournal.com
Thank you ^_^



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